Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Munzert is a nominee for the 2018 New York State Police Officer of the Year Award.
On July 15, 2017, Deputy Munzert responded to a crash involving a car that was overturned on its roof in a pond. Without safety equipment, he entered the pond and pulled the driver to safety from the submerged vehicle. Earlier this year, Senator Pam Helming presented Deputy Munzert with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal, the highest award the State Senate can bestow upon an individual.
Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts said, “Deputy Munzert’s quick assessment of this serious incident and his immediate courageous action saved the life of the driver, who was still in the overturned vehicle. His action is a reflection of our deputy sheriffs’ and all law enforcement’s dedication to public safety.”